How to Add Audio to Google Slides

How to Add Audio to Google Slides

Audio files are a great addition to your Google Slides project – they can help liven up the mode of your presentation and maintain your audience’s attention. This guide shows you how to easily add, and edit the appearance of, audio in Google Slides.

Adding Audio to Google Slides

  1. The first step is to upload the downloaded audio to your Google Drive. This allows you to easily insert the audio file into the presentation. To do this, drag the audio file to your My Drive folder and wait for the upload to finish. Alternatively, you can click the New button and select File upload. Navigate to the audio file location on your computer.Note: The audio file needs to be in an MP3 or WAV format to be compatible with Google Slides.
Uploading an Audio File to the My Files Folder in Google Drive
Drag the audio file to the My Files folder in your Google Drive.
  1. Open your Google Slide presentation and choose the slide that you want to insert your audio into.
  2. Click the Insert tab at the top and select Audio from the options.
Audio Option in Insert Tab
Click the Insert tab and select Audio from the options.
  1. You will see the Insert Audio popup. From here, you can either search the name of your audio file using the search field, or use the “My Drive”, “Shared with me”, and “Recent” tabs to help you sort through your audio files.Note: The search function will only display the audio files that you have uploaded to your Google Drive.
Audio Popup in Google Slides
Search for your audio file using the Search Box or by clicking on the “My Drive”, “Shared with me”, or “Recent” to sort your audio files.
  1. Click on the audio file that you want to insert and click on Select to confirm.
Selecting the Audio File
Click on the audio file you want to insert and press the Select button.
  1. Your audio will now appear as a small audio icon on the slide.
    Audio icon on the slide presentation
    The inserted audio file will now appear as a small audio icon on the slide presentation.

    You can resize the audio icon by dragging one of the points on the border.

    If you hover your mouse over the audio icon, a small playback bar will appear. From here, you can play, pause, adjust the playback speed and more.

Audio Icon and Playback Bar in Google Slides
A small, resizable audio icon will appear once you successfully insert your audio. A playback bar will also appear once you hover your cursor over the audio icon.
  1. Once you click on the icon, the “Audio Playback” appears on the right side of your screen (under the “Format Options” window).Here, you can set preferences like playing the audio on click or automatically, setting the volume, looping the audio, etc. Also, you can format the color, contrast, position, and other visual elements of the audio icon using the other menus below.
Format Options When Adding Audio on Google Slides
After clicking the icon, the Audio Playback menu, along with other formatting options will appear on the right side of your screen.

Phoebe is an HR assistant in her day job, but is also a web blogger that loves writing guides and sharing her experiences. When she is not out with her friends, she enjoys traveling or binge-watching Netflix. She graduated with a BA in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Utah, and is a chief editor at TechObservatory.

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